“The Steamer Platte Valley was attacked … by one or two hundred of Jeff Thompson’s men”

Nov 18 1861 Wrote Col. Oglesby, “The Steamer Platte Valley was attacked this afternoon, by one or two hundred of Jeff Thompson’s men, commanded by Jeff in person, and two officers of the 2nd Cavalry who were on leave were taken prisoner.  They were paroled, and one returned here and gave the information.  This took place at Price’s Landing at 4 o’clock PM today.  I want all the Cavalry that is well armed, sent out tonight by the river road, and seven or eight hundred Infantry sent at the same time, by rail to Charleston.  I will go from here, tomorrow morning, with Infantry and Cavalry and try to catch him.  Let these two commands get off as early as possible tonight.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 3, p 186-7

O.R., I, iii, 367-8

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